Haeril Halim, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Fri, December 06 2013, 7:35 AM
The General Elections Commission (KPU) says it has shortlisted 20 consortia of printing companies that will go through to the next step of the ballot tender process worth Rp 800 billion (US$66.8 million).
Among the companies that passed the prequalification process are PT Temprina Media Grafika, which is a member of the Jawa Pos group owned by State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan, PT Gramedia Printing Group, PT. Balai Pustaka (Persero) and CV. Ganeca Exact Bandung.
KPU logistic bureau chief Boradi said on Thursday that the participating companies were expected to present their prices on Dec. 16 to the committee and the winners would be announced before the end of December. The winning companies are scheduled to print the ballots in January 15.
He added that the KPU would open the tender process for ink, seals and holograms next week.
Election Supervisory Committee (Bawaslu) member Nasrullah said that the KPU should be very careful in selecting companies for the project.
“The KPU should focus on the track records of companies joining the tender process. It should be KPU’s main concern,” he said.
Of around 60 companies making up the 20 consortia, two companies, PT Pura Barutama in Kudus and CV Aneka Ilmu in Semarang, were reprimanded by the KPU in the ballot tender process for the 2009 elections for breaching procedure.
Aneka Ilmu reportedly subcontracted part of its ballot printing job to PT MNC in Semarang, which was not part of the consortium in which Aneka Ilmu was registered. The KPU does not allow any companies other than consortium members to take part in the printing process.
“We reprimanded Aneka Ilmu for using PT MNC’s printing machine. It had sent us a letter requesting permission to use PT MNC’s equipment but it rushed ahead to use the machine even though our approval was still pending. We reprimanded PT Pura because it was the consortium leader at that time,” Boradi said.
“The violation was minor though and we did not blacklist the company. PT Pura and CV Aneka Ilmu passed the recent prequalification process and were allowed to go to the next phase of the ballot tender after our committee found they had met all the requirements,” he said.
Director of CV Aneka Ilmu, Suwanto, recently defended his company, saying that Aneka Ilmu did not breach any procedures in 2009. He said that one of CV Aneka Ilmu’s printing machines had problems and it had only 20 days to print the ballots.
“We sent our request to the KPU [to allow another company print the ballots], but before the company printed any ballots, we had repaired our machine so the ballots were not printed by them,” he said, as quoted by Koran Tempo daily.
On this occasion Aneka Ilmu and Pura are not in the same consortium in the tender for printing the 2014 legislative election ballots. Aneka Ilmu has joined the Sumex Intermedia consortium, whose members are PT Sumex Intermedia, PT Lampung Intermedia and PT Wahana Java Semesta Intermedia, while PT Pura Barutama heads the Pura Consortium, whose members are PT Hamudha Prima Media, PT Bawen Mediatama and PT Medan Media Grafikatama.